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The 32nd Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy closed on Sunday with a sold-out screening of American auteur Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE. Finland’s biggest and most diverse film festival gathered over 57 000 visitors this year. The audience award goes to Jessica Hausner’s LITTLE JOE. A selection of festival films can be seen on the HIFF tour, YLE and at Kino Regina.

The 32nd edition of Helsinki International Film Festival culminated on Sunday with a sold-out screening of Terrence Malick’s A HIDDEN LIFE. Finland’s number one film festival brought over 57 000 visitors to cinemas, festival clubs and side events. Festival passes and new environmental tickets were very popular. During the 11 days of the festival 160 feature films and 191 short films were screened in 472 screenings of which more than one fourth were sold out.

Alongside the gala films, the audience favourites included Claire Denis’ sci-fi gem HIGH LIFE, Jonah Hill’s nostalgic indie MID90S, British Joanna Hogg’s touching THE SOUVENIR, the Colombian masterpiece MONOS, Quentin Dupieux’s disturbed middle age crisis film DEERSKIN and Daniel Scheinert’s stoner-comedy-gone-awfully-wrong THE DEATH OF DICK LONG.

Documentary favourites included ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH, FOR SAMA and HAIL SATAN?

The hottest tickets among the films getting cinematic distribution in Finland included AND THEN WE DANCED, THE LIGHTHOUSE and PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE.

The HIFF Audience Award goes to Austrian director Jessica Hausner’s LITTLE JOE. The director of Lourdes (R&A 2010) mixes sci-fi horror and arthouse cinema in her new film starring Emily Beecham in a role that brought her the Best Actress Award at Cannes. Little Joe will be screened four times at Kino Regina in November: 3.11., 7.11., 17.11. and 22.11.

HIFF had the honour of hosting dozens of filmmaker guests including this year’s Nordic Flair winner Lone Scherfig, returning HIFF favourite and IN FABRIC director Peter StricklandMiguel Llansó who took his audience a weird sci-fi ride with JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY, Pia Hellenthal with her portrait of a social media celebrity SEARCHING EVA and photographer and Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt, whose work is depicted in BEAUTY AND DECAY.

Love & Anarchy on tour and on TV

The Love & Anarchy Tour brings a selection of festival favourites to locations around Finland. The tour films include among others the festival hit MID90S, the Nordic Council Film Prize nominee A WHITE, WHITE DAY and a selection of short films from the festival’s School Kino programme. During the tour, HIFF films will screen among other places in Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Oulu, Tampere and Vaasa. More information about the Love & Anarchy Tour can be found at the festival website hiff.fi/kiertue.

A selection of films from the 32nd HIFF programme will be shown on Yle’s tv channels, including many of the Finnish films, BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES, MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD and WITHNAIL & I will be televised in 2019 amongst others.

The 33rd HIFF – Love & Anarchy will be organised on September 17th– 27th 2020.

Thank you! See you next year!